The Lost Art of Lashing

The Lost Art of Lashing

Richard Popovic
Apr 12, 2012

As a Boy Scout, I learned many things. Some I still find useful today, such as first aid, basic knots, and how to start a fire. Some, not so much--how to make a hobo stove out of a tin can, for instance. One skill that I found fascinating, although I was horrible at it, was lashing, the art of securing two things together. It truly is an art, and when done correctly, you can create almost anything.

Would you stand on a tower constructed solely from sticks and string, with nary a nail or screw in sight? I would if Gever Tulley made it. His lashing tutorial at Make covers the basic elements of lashing in a clear and straightforward manner. Tulley's confidence in the strength of his creations is apparent, as is his proficiency in the craft.

A few possibilities that come to mind are non-permanent garden structures or possibly a knots and lashing-themed birthday party for an adventure-loving child. However you use it, lashing is bound to be one of those skills that proves useful in any number of ways somewhere down the line.

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